Polanski's victim pleads to end case: 'He owes me nothing'

Posted June 15, 2017

Braun said he hoped he can use the affidavit to get the Interpol warrant lifted so that Polanski can travel freely outside the United States. The woman, who is now a grandmother, was raped by the director of Rosemary's Baby when she was 13.

Polanski pleaded guilty to unlawful intercourse with a minor in 1977 and was sent to the state prison in Chino for a 90-day psychiatric study that he believed was his sentence.

Samantha Geimer, foreground, appears before Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Scott Gordon at a motion hearing in Los Angeles on Friday, June 9, 2017.

Braun wants a deposition from Roger Gunson, the original prosecutor in the case, unsealed because he thinks it will prove his argument that a deal was firmly in place, and that Polanski had reason not to trust the system.

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Roman Polanski won't take his chances to return to court to resolve his sexual-assault case, so his victim is going to stand up for him.

Now 54, she has said repeatedly that she forgives Polanski but she has never previously appealed directly to a judge on his behalf.

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Geimer said before she addressed the court that she was terrified, but felt compelled to tell Gordon her thoughts on the case.

He was unable to up his 2002 best director Oscar for The Pianist because he feared arrest if he returned to the US.

Braun's aim at Friday's hearing is to unseal testimony about the 1977 plea deal and use it as evidence to get European authorities to rescind the worldwide arrest warrant against Polanski.

Polanski, 83, has been in self-imposed exile for almost four decades after pleading guilty to having unlawful sex with Ms Geimer at actor Jack Nicholson's Hollywood hills home in 1977. It called for no more time behind bars for the director after he spent 42 days in a prison undergoing a diagnostic screening. Polanski's defense contends that he has already served a sufficient amount of time - including several months of house arrest at a chalet in Switzerland.

In April, Gordon rejected Polanski's latest effort to be tried in absentia, ruling that Polanski must first return to the USA and submit to the court's jurisdiction before the case can be resolved.

Polanski plied the girl with champagne and part of a sedative pill before raping her, according to grand jury transcripts.

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"A 40-year sentence has been imposed on the victim of the crime as well as the perpetrator".

Nicholson was not at home at the time of the offence and prosecutors dropped charges of rape and sodomy against Polanski.

The most recent attempt to resolve matters ended in April, when a Los Angeles judge ruled that the French-Polish director could not cut a deal from overseas to return to the USA without serving more jail time.

"I was sure he instantly regretted what he had done and wished it hadn't happened", Geimer told reporters, noting that Polanski wrote her a note and apologized to her and her mother.

Here's the cover of "The Girl: A Life in the Shadow of Roman Polanski", out in September.

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